Timothy D. Solberg, Ph.D., FACR, FACMP, FAAPM, FASTRO
Vice Chair, Professor, Director of Medical Physics
Department of Radiation Oncology
University of California, San Francisco
Dr. Solberg is Professor and Vice Chair of the Division of Medical Physics. He received his PhD in medical physics from UCLA in 1996, and served on the UCLA faculty until 2005. He subsequently held similar positions at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and the University of Pennsylvania. He served on the boards of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), The American College of Medical Physicists (ACMP), the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP) and the International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society (ISRS). He is a Fellow of the AAPM, ACMP, American College of Radiology, and the American Society for Radiation Oncology.
Dr. Solberg’s clinical expertise includes stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiation therapy, intensity modulated radiotherapy, image guided radiotherapy, and proton therapy. He was responsible for the installation of the world’s first Novalis in 1997, and the first Vero unit in the United States in 2011. At the University of Pennsylvania he led a Division of 42 physicists and 32 dosimetrists, supporting external beam therapy, brachytherapy, photodynamic therapy, and passive scattered and active scanned proton therapy techniques. He is engaged in several efforts to assess and improve quality and safety within radiation therapy.
Dr. Solberg’s research interests include small field dosimetry, particularly in the context of stereotactic body radiation therapy for lung cancer. He has considerable experience in Monte Carlo methods, in applications ranging from external beam treatment planning and brachytherapy to proton and ion therapy. He is also actively investigating the implication of respiratory motion in both conventional and proton radiotherapy. More recently, Dr. Solberg has engaged in supervised and unsupervised learning applications to large data problems in oncology.
|1985||Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN||BA||Physics and Mathematics, Cum Laude|
|1988||University of California, Davis||MS||Physics|
|1996||University of California, Los Angeles||PhD||Biomedical Physics|
|2016-present||University of California, San Francisco||Professor, Vice Chair, Director of Medical Physics||Department of Radiation Oncology|
|2013-2016||University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia||Professor, Vice Chair, Director of Medical Physics||Department of Radiation Oncology|
|2008-2013||University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas||Barbara Crittenden Professor in Cancer Research, with tenure||Department of Radiation Oncology|
|2008-2013||University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas||Director of Medical Physics and Engineering||Department of Radiation Oncology|
|2008-2013||University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas||Professor||Department of Radiology|
|2009-2013||University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas||Radiological Sciences Graduate Program|
|2009-2013||University of Texas||Director||Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy Training Program|
|2005-2008||University of Nebraska, Omaha||Professor, with tenure||Department of Radiation Oncology|
|2005-2008||University of Nebraska, Omaha||Chief of Medical Physics||Department of Radiation Oncology|
|2005-2014||University of California, Los Angeles||Adjunct Professor||Department of Radiation Oncology|
|2004-2005||University of California, Los Angeles||Professor, with tenure||Department of Radiation Oncology|
|2003-2005||University of California, Los Angeles||Vice Chair||Department of Radiation Oncology|
|2001-2005||University of California, Los Angeles||Director of Medical Physics||Department of Radiation Oncology|
|2000-2004||University of California, Los Angeles||Associate Professor, with tenure||Department of Radiation Oncology|
|1997-1999||University of California, Los Angeles||Assistant Professor In-Residence||Department of Radiation Oncology|
|1996-1997||University of California, Los Angeles||Assistant Clinical Professor||Department of Radiation Oncology|
|1997||University of California, Los Angeles||Biomedical Physics Graduate Program|
|1996-2005||University of California, Los Angeles||Co-Director||Radiosurgery Program,|
|1992-1998||California State University, Northridge||Adjunct Assistant Professor||Department of Health Sciences,|
Awards & Honors
|1981||Gold Medal with Palm Leaves, Amsterdam,|
|1983-1984||Mathematics Department Scholarship, Augsburg College|
|1983-1985||Hanwick Physics Scholarship, Augsburg College|
|1984-1985||Sports Achievement Award, track and field, Augsburg College|
|1985-1988||Tuition Fellowship, Department of Physics, University of California, Davis|
|1988-1990||Fellowship, Biomedical Physics Graduate Program, University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine|
|1991||Combined Radiation Oncology Student Research Award, Los Angeles Radiological Society|
|1991||Norman A. Baily Student Research Award, American Association of Physicists in Medicine, Southern California Chapter|
|1992||Radiation Research Society Travel Award|
|1993||UCLA Graduate Division Travel Award|
|1993||Junior Investigator Award, International Congress of Radiation Oncology, Kyoto, Japan|
|1993||Louis B. Silverman Memorial Award, Health Physics Society, Southern California Chapter|
|1993||Sylvia Sorkin Greenfield Memorial Award, Biomedical Physics Graduate Program, Dept. of Radiological Sciences, UCLA|
|1995||Radiation Research Society Travel Award|
|1995||UCLA Graduate Division Travel Award|
|1995||Junior Scientist Award, 10th International Conference of Radiation Research, Wurzburg, Germany|
|1995||Cum Laude Citation, American Society of Neuroradiology|
|1997||Best of Session Presentation, World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering,Nice, France|
|1997, 1999||Academic Senate Travel Award, UCLA|
|1999||The Whitaker Foundation Research Award|
|2003||American Cancer Society Research Scholar|
|2004||Scientific Standout, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center|
|2006, 2007||RIT Award of Excellence, Best 2006 JACMP Medical Imaging Article: Wink NM, Panknin C, Solberg TD. Phase versus amplitude sorting of 4D-CT data. J Appl Clin Med Phys 7(1):77-85,|
|2005||Fellow, American College of Medical Physics|
|2007||Fellow, American Association of Physicists in Medicine|
|2013||Fellow, American College of Radiology|
|2013||Editor's Pick: Ding C, Solberg TD, Hrycushko B, Xing L, Heinzerling J, Timmerman RD. Optimization of Normalized Prescription Isodose Selection for Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy:Conventional vs. Robotic Linac. Med Phys, 40(3):051705-1 - 031719-10|
|2013||AAPM Science Council Session Winner: Mao W, Kearney V, Jiang L, Yordy J, Solberg TD.Radiotherapy enhancement with a novel class of nanoconstructs. 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), Indianapolis, IN, August 3-8|
|2015||Editor's Pick: Jones K, Vanderstuppen F, Bawiec C, Jannsens G, Lewin P, Prieels D, Solberg TD, Sehgal C, Avery S. Experimental Observation of Acoustic Emissions Generated by a Pulsed Proton Beam from a Hospital-Based Clinical Cyclotron, Med Phys, 42(12):7090-7097|
|2016||Fellow, American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)|
Verma V, Shah C, Rwigema J-C, Solberg TD, Zhu X, Simone II CB. Cost-comparativeness of proton versus photon therapy. Chin Clin Oncol [Epub ahead of print], 2016.
Smith B, Gelover-Reyes E, Moignier A, Wang D, Flynn R, Lin L, Kirk M, Solberg TD, Hyer D. Technical Note: A treatment plan comparison between dynamic collimation and a fixed aperture during spot scanning proton therapy for brain treatment, Med Phys, 43(8):4693-4699, 2016.
Valdes G, Solberg TD, Heskel M, Ungar L, Simone II CB. Using Machine Learning to predict radiation pneumonitis in patients with stage I non-small cell lung cancer treated with stereotactic body radiation therapy, Phys Med Biol, 61(16):6105-6120, 2016.
Valdes G, Scheuermann R, Chun H, Olszanski A, Bellerive M, Solberg TD. A mathematical framework for Virtual IMRT QA using Machine Learning, Med Phys, 43(7):4323 - 4334, 2016.
Hallac RR, Zhou H, Pidikiti R, Song K, Stojadinovic S, Solberg TD, Kodibagkar V, Peschke P, Mason RP. A role for dynamic contrast enhanced magnetic resonance imaging in predicting tumor radiation response, B J Cancer, 114(11):1206-11, 2016.
Veiga C, Janssens G, Teng C-L, Baudier T, Hotoiu L, McClelland JR, Royle G, Lin L, Yin L, Metz, Solberg TD, Tochner Z, Simone II CB, McDonough J, Teo B-KK. First clinical investigation of cone-beam computed tomography and deformable registration for adaptive proton radiotherapy for lung cancer, Int J Radiat Onc Biol Phys, 95(1):549-559, 2016.
Moignier A, Gelover E, Wang D, Flynn R, Kirk M, Lin L, Solberg TD, Lin A, Hyer D. Theoretical benefits of dynamic collimation in pencil beam scanning proton therapy for brain tumors: dosimetric and radiobiological metrics, Int J Radiat Onc Biol Phys, 95(1):171-180, 2016.
Woodhouse K, Volz E, Maity A, Gabriel PE, Solberg TD, Bergendahl HW, Hahn SM. ReCap: journey towards high reliability: A comprehensive safety program to improve quality of care and safety culture in a large, multisite radiation oncology department. J Oncol Practice, [Epub Ahead of Print], 2016.
Mills MD, Halverson P, Solberg TD. A time of transition for the JACMP. JACMP, 17(2):1-2, 2016.
Wang P, Yin L, Song G, Ahn P, Lin A, Gee J, Dolney D, Solberg TD, Maughan R, McDonough J, Teo B-K K. Quantitative Assessment of Anatomical Change Using a Virtual Proton Depth Radiograph for Adaptive Head and Neck Proton Therapy. JACMP, 17(2):427-440, 2016.